Agricultural Advisor -Iraq Nationals Only

Job Overview

Job Description

Role and responsibilities

The purpose of the Agricultural Advisor position is to provide technical support in the implementation of agricultural activities in the assigned locations.

The following is a brief description of the role:

Generic responsibilities

These responsibilities shall be the same for all positions with the same title. The responsibilities shall be short and essential. Details belong in the Work and Development plan.

  • Adherence to NRC policies, guidance and procedures
  • Contribute to the development of Country, Area and CC strategies, initiate and participate in the development of relevant CC projects
  • Provide technical support to field staff and ensure high technical quality of projects
  • Provide regular progress reports to the Programme Manager and the Livelihoods Specialist
  • Ensure that projects target beneficiaries most in need of protection, explore and asses new and better ways to assist
  • Ensure capacity building of project staff and transfer key skills
  • Liaise and collaborate with relevant local authorities and other key stakeholders
  • Promote the rights of IDPs/returnees in line with the advocacy strategy

Specific responsibilities

  • Provide technical support in the assessment, design, implementation and monitoring of the NRC’s agricultural activities
  • Facilitate training of farmers using participatory methodologies and modern agricultural extension/technology transfer concepts including the Farmer Field School (FFS) approach and Integrated Production and Pest Management (IPPM)
  • Guide project staff to identify and train local community-based Farmer Field School (FFS) facilitators for the day-to-day facilitation of FFSs in their local areas. (Facilitators can be selected from government extension workers, NGO social mobilisers, community leaders, unemployed graduates and master farmers)
  • Leads in the development of tailored guidelines, curricula, training manuals and extension materials for the training of FFS facilitators and establishment and implementation of FFSs.
  • Provide technical support in beneficiary selection process for agricultural activities by following the criteria attributed to a project, while minimizing the risks of conflict situations with target population and other stakeholders
  • Ensure that agricultural projects implementation is carried out in line with the set objectives, timeframe and standard operating procedures (SOPs)
  • Conduct field visits to farms to conduct analyses and collect data, such as crop yield, measuring, analysing and interpreting data.
  • Represent NRC in external meetings as needed, primarily with DOA, and any governorate level coordination mechanisms on agriculture and food security.
  • Contribute to the technical and normative development of tools and protocols for productivity analysis, as well as quality and compliance assurance tasks
  • Contribute in the collection and dissemination of relevant data and information related to agricultural and markets, agribusiness, food value chains and systems, including for example, trends and developments, approaches, impacts, lessons learnt and good practices; support organizational learning and exchange of information.
  • Cooperate closely with counterparts from NRC core competencies to identify opportunities for integration/synergy of NRC services alongside livelihoods/infrastructure;

Critical interfaces

By interfaces, NRC means processes and projects that are interlinked with other departments/units or persons. Relevant interfaces for this position are:

  • Strategy and project planning: Core Competency Specialists
  • Area operations: Field Office Managers and Coordinators
  • Staff capacity building: Core Competency Specialists
  • Implementation: Core Competency Specialists; AO&CO CC teams; AO&CO Support teams

Scale and scope of position


Approximately 1-2 Coordinator/s, 2 Officers, 4 Assistants, and casual worker enumerators.


INGOs, UN agencies, local NGOs, civil society actors, Donors, governmental bodies including the DoA

Budgets: –


Responsible for overseeing use of Kobo data collection platform by Livelihoods team; use of Atlas or MarketSight for filtering and analyzing qualitative data; comfortable with using/learning to use Agresso financial management system

Legal or compliance:

Must adhere to NRC internal and donor compliance requirements.


Competencies are important in order for the employee and the organisation to deliver desired results. They are relevant for all staff and are divided into the following two categories:

1. Professional competencies

These are skills, knowledge and experience that are important for effective performance.

Generic professional competencies:

  • Minimum 3 years of experience from a senior level project implementation position in humanitarian/recovery context
  • Experience from working in complex and volatile contexts
  • Proven experience of working within livelihoods and business development programmes.
  • Documented results related to the position’s responsibilities
  • Knowledge about own leadership skills/profile
  • Fluency in English, both written and verbal

Context/ Specific skills, knowledge and experience:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Agronomy, Agriculture, Horticulture, Animal Science, Soil Science  required
  • Versed in market and value chain assessments and analysis approaches
  • Experience with farmer training/capacity building
  • Demonstrated results with conflict-sensitive and adaptive livelihoods activities
  • Previous experience and contextual knowledge within Iraq is an advantage

2. Behavioral competencies

These are personal qualities that influence how successful people are in their job. NRC’s Competency Framework states 12 behavioural competencies and the following are essential for this position:

  • Managing resources to optimize results
  • Managing performance and development
  • Empowering and building trust
  • Handling insecure environments

Performance Management

The employee will be accountable for the responsibilities and the competencies, in accordance with the NRC Performance Management Manual. The following documents will be used for performance reviews:

  • The Job Description
  • The Work and Development Plan
  • The Mid-term/End-of-trial Period Performance Review Template
  • The End-term Performance Review Template
  • The NRC Competency Framework

What we can Offer

  • Contract period: 9 months full time
  • Salary/benefits: According to NRC’s salary scale and terms and conditions
  • The role is a national position
  • Duty station: Iraq, Kirkuk
  • Travel :60%

About Us

The Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) is an independent humanitarian organisation helping people forced to flee. We work in crises across more than 31 countries, providing emergencies and long-term assistance to millions of people every year. We stand up for people forced to flee, advocating their rights. NORCAP, our global provider of expertise, helps improve international and local ability to prevent, prepare for, respond to and recover from crises. NRC also runs the Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre in Geneva, a global leader in reporting on and advocating for people displaced within their own country.
Employment with NRC may lead to employment in or deployment to Regions, Countries, Areas or Offices that may be host to considerable health, safety and security risks. NRC takes this very seriously and we have procedures in place to reduce known risks, but will never be able to take away all risks.
NRC is an equal opportunities employer and aims to have staffing diversity in terms of age, gender, ethnicity, nationality and physical ability.


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